I've done some digging but can't quite find any succinct advice on how to progress throughout the game once you reach the "mid-game" point. My definition of mid-game is entering destruction in search of SU/Sets. I played through Hatred and Terror with relative ease on my Javazon following the 1.3 miniguide of Lagertha, but unfortunately the guide was sparse on content besides gear, i.e. what stats should I be looking for etc. I found that the difficulty has ramped up substantially in Destro (as you'd imagine), but I'm sort of at a loss for how to improve myself.
What I have done so far is upgraded all my uniques to level 6, and experimented with a few shrine crafts (Abandoned), my resists are max at about 200%, 42k def, 225% ias, 40% magic find, using a A5 merc from one of the guides, and gear wise. I'm currently searching for sets as that's what the guide calls for, but farming Terror K3K is a pain as I'm often overwhelmed and can't destroy the towers, and I don't have much luck in Terror TA (increase mf?).
Long story short, is this the point of the game where the grind begins? Can anyone provide some advice on what stats/MO I should be looking for on crafted gear to someone unfamiliar with this mod, and perhaps specifically for a javazon; and lastly, any advice on getting over the hump of getting through tough Destro when terror is quite simple?